Congratulations! You have made the exciting decision to try out for a collegiate dance team or are at least thinking about it! Just like going to college, these try outs are exciting, scary, and filled with lots of unknowns. The dancers that present themselves with confidence are always most successful. So how do you feel confident about something so intimidating? There are some easy tips that you can follow to feel more prepared going into your tryout!
All of these teams have Instagram pages and multiple routines posted on YouTube. Take time to do lots of research and find out everything about the team. Try to answer the following questions: do they perform at football games? basketball games? are they on the sideline? or just do halftime? during halftime performances what styles are they doing? do they compete? do they compete at UDA or NDA? what styles do they compete in? All of these questions can help you to understand what their priorities will be at try outs! If you can get a good gauge on the team’s style before you arrive, you will be one step ahead!
During your research you will realize how in sync these teams truly are. They look like 1 dancer with their timing and stylization. You goal during the audition is to blend in with current team members. Try to watch the other girls and notice exactly how they are executing movements and do your best to mimic them. Usually the last step in a college tryout is putting you with the current team to make sure you don’t stand out in a negative way! If you know there is an area you need to work on, then train! College teams are made up of extremely well-rounded dancers. Go in prepared to mix well with the current team in all styles that they do!
At some point in the tryout you will be given the opportunity to let yourself shine! Most tryouts will give you a chance to do this across the floor, alone in the middle of the room, or improving before a combination begins. You need to take this time to showcase yourself very seriously! Have a plan of exactly what you’re going to do anytime you get to improv. Which turn, which leap, which leg are you best known for on your team or at your studio? This is your time to do whatever you are best at and most confident with, not a time to throw a crazy trick you’ve only done a few times. Do your best to make yourself seen and remembered!
A completely different aspect of college dance teams is that they are also judging the way that you look. Make sure you look very put together head to toe! If they require you dance with your hair down, take time to practice this ahead of time. Always wear more makeup than you would normally. Again, check their Instagram and look at how their current dancers are styled! Copy that, and you will be set! Even when learning a combination, if the judges or coaches are in the room, then you should be smiling!
Being on a college dance team means you are the face of that university. Confidence will be expected during television interviews, conversations with fans, and time on the big screen at a basketball game. These teams are looking for positive, social young women that can hold themselves well! Make sure you take the opportunity to talk to some of the returning members to showcase this side of yourself. If you are friendly and warm to others at the audition, it will be noticed! The returning members of the team often report back to their coach about who has made a good impression out in the hallway while waiting around during the process! You want to make the other dancers want you on their team!
Being on a college dance team can be one of the best experiences of your life! You make friends that you will have forever, you get the chance to be involved in your university in a way that is so unique, and you get to keep dancing! Take the audition process as the first step in this exciting journey. Remember to enjoy it and have fun!